Sharon Machlis

Executive Editor, Data & Analytics

Sharon Machlis is Director of Editorial Data & Analytics at IDG, where she works on analyzing data (both for IDG Enterprise Web sites and journalism projects) and in-house editor tools in addition to writing and editing. Her tech interests include data visualization and analysis as well as the intersection of journalism and technology. She holds an Extra class amateur radio license and is currently somewhat obsessed with R. Her book Practical R for Mass Communication and Journalism was published in December 2018.

Alexa skill tutorial: How to write your first voice-assistant app

Alexa skill tutorial: How to write your first voice-assistant app

This step-by-step developer guide show you how to customize an Amazon Alexa skill to make your own directory or phone book

U.S. law allows low H-1B wages; just look at Apple

U.S. law allows low H-1B wages; just look at Apple

Apple's a great example of how the H-1B system can work, and where the visa goes wrong

Facebook open-sources its Prophet forecasting tools for Python and R

Facebook open-sources its Prophet forecasting tools for Python and R

Prophet is aimed specifically at business problems, such as computer infrastructure capacity planning

Create your own Slack bots -- and web APIs -- in R

Create your own Slack bots -- and web APIs -- in R

This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to find a current stock price, but the basic framework can be used for all sorts of data

Trump eyes end to an H-1B system that favors largest outsourcers

Trump eyes end to an H-1B system that favors largest outsourcers

The top 10 H-1B list explains why Trump wants to change the visa lottery

Trump's ban becomes an H-1B fight

Trump's ban becomes an H-1B fight

It's not the number of H-1B visa holders from banned countries that is driving this challenge

RStudio's new enterprise platform moves out of beta

RStudio's new enterprise platform moves out of beta

On the eve of its annual user conference, RStudio announced that its RStudio Connect publishing platform is out of beta and available for a free 45-day evaluation.

First look: IBM's Watson Analytics comes to the iPad

First look: IBM's Watson Analytics comes to the iPad

The app is designed for quick data discovery on the go but has some omissions compared to the web version

Sisense brings its analytics platform to chat bots

Sisense brings its analytics platform to chat bots

Users can ask natural-language questions about their data while in Slack, Skype, and Facebook Messenger

Trump's 'extreme' anti-terrorism vetting may be H-1B nightmare

Trump's 'extreme' anti-terrorism vetting may be H-1B nightmare

Many people from 'dangerous and volatile regions' work in the U.S. on H-1B visas, and Trump's plan would penalize these workers because of their birthplace.

The advanced beginner's guide to R

The advanced beginner's guide to R

So you’ve gone through the Beginner’s Guide to R and want to take the next steps in your R journey? In this advanced beginner’s guide, you’ll learn data wrangling, best packages to use for different tasks, how to make maps with R and...

IBM joins R Consortium

IBM joins R Consortium

The company is expected to announce the move at the Apache Spark Summit

How many H-1B workers are female? US won’t say

How many H-1B workers are female? US won’t say

Government resistance to releasing H-1B gender data frustrates advocates who have q uestions about the program's impact on the workforce

How Verizon analyzes security-breach data with R

How Verizon analyzes security-breach data with R

Senior data scientist calls the Verizon Data Breach Report a 'love letter to R'

Despite H-1B lottery, offshore firms dominate visa use

Despite H-1B lottery, offshore firms dominate visa use

An H-1B lottery arms race may be in progress, as offshore outsourcers with ties to India once again snapped up tens of thousands of skilled-worker visas

Esri to unveil mapping tools in R

Esri to unveil mapping tools in R

Software 'bridge' to connect ArcGIS map data and R can also be used on other geospatial files

Google, Microsoft, Oracle back new R Consortium at Linux Foundation

Google, Microsoft, Oracle back new R Consortium at Linux Foundation

The big vendors are among founding members of a consortium aimed at strengthening technical and user communities

Data wrangling with R: Download the free PDF

Data wrangling with R: Download the free PDF

Sort, summarize, reshape, and more with this free guide to R data munging

For 74 percent, STEM degrees lead to non-STEM jobs

Census data provides detail about computer-related employment, and raises questions about whether there is a U.S. shortage of STEM workers

R data manipulation tricks at your fingertips

Excel tips and tricks for manipulating dates, and for getting data into the format you need, are also ready for your R pleasure

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